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Air India launches 787 Boeing Dreamliner operations to Sri Lanka

Jun 2 (FT) Air India, the national carrier of India, yesterday commenced operations of its 787 Boeing Dreamliner to SL, marking the first time this aircraft has been used for flights between the two countries. The introduction of the 787 Dreamliner is seen as a significant step in enhancing connectivity and boosting tourism between India and SL, promising improved travel experiences for passengers. The inaugural flight received a ceremonial water salute upon its arrival at BIA. more..

SL a step closer to Starlink internet service

Jun 2 (DM) In a step closer to the introduction of Starlink satellite internet service in Sri Lanka, the Committee on Public Finance has approved SL Telecom (Amendment) Bill subjected to amendments to ensure consumers are ensured the benefits from advanced telecommunication technology. The current law is amended in this manner for the first time in 28 years, providing for the regulation of the industry in keeping with advanced technology. State Minister Kanaka Herath said this bill, more..

Prez Poll preliminary work underway

Jun 2 (TM) As per the Election Commission's (EC) directions, District Deputy and Assistant Election Commissioners have commenced preliminary tasks for the upcoming Presz Election, including conducting censuses on the Govt officials and vehicles needed for the Election, and gathering information about polling stations. With the Prez Election scheduled in a few months, many parties have directed more..

Animal Production Association urges Govt to reconsider tax on eggs

Jun 2 (FT) SL Animal Production Association Prez Ajith Gunasekara called on the Govt to reconsider the imposition of 20.5% taxes on eggs, a perishable item, to address the escalating food prices in the country. He highlighted that the 18% VAT and 2.5% Social Security Levy have led to a significant increase in egg prices. “Currently, supermarket eggs are priced between Rs. 64-68, while loose eggs are sold at Rs. 55 each. A 10-pack egg carton now ranges from Rs 643-667, depending on size” more..

Colombo Dockyard makes history with three milestones in one day

Jun 2 (FT) Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) made history on 28 June by achieving three important milestones in shipbuilding on the same day, in the construction of 5000DWT Eco Bulk Carriers for Misje Eco Bulk AS Norway. On this historic day, CDPLC laid the keel marking the commencement of construction of the 8th vessel, launched the 6th vessel, and delivered the 5th vessel of the Eco Bulk series, demonstrating its resilience and commitment to excellence despite economic & more..

2024 Paris Olympics: Yupun & Darshana locked in wildcard scrap

Jun 2 (TM) South Asia’s fastest man Yupun Abeykoon and 400m sprinter Aruna Darshana will be locked in a wildcard duel to see which one of them books their ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics, President of SLA Palitha Fernando said. He said Abeykoon is still on the fence with regard to booking his berth at the Summer Games, as another elite local athlete 400m sprinter Aruna Darshana is also in the fray, as both of them had failed to gain direct qualification more..

Kandy Falcons down Dambulla Sixes at LPL opener

Jun 2 (DN) Dasun Shanaka (46) and Angelo Mathews (37) used their maximum effort during newly introduced super blast two overs by adding 44 runs as Kandy Falcons recorded 6 wickets win with 16 balls to spare against Dambulla Sixes in the opening game of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) cricket tournament played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Kandy Falcons chasing a target of 180 opener Dinesh Chandimal made good start scoring 40-ball 65 with 6 fours & 3 sixes more..

England Under-19s triumph over Sri Lanka U-19s by 30 runs in the 2nd Youth ODI

Jun 2 (CI) A superb innings of 174 by Nottinghamshire's Freddie McCann put England Men U19s on course for a stirring 30-run victory against Sri Lanka at Hove to level the three-match ODI series at 1-1. In the first match, at Chelmsford on Friday, SL won by 65 runs. After a measured start, the left-handed McCann cut loose in the second half of his innings to present SL with a formidable total. And when Pulindu Perera and Gayana Weerasinghe put SL well ahead of more..

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Solar-ocean based Hydrogen fuel production venture to commence soon

Jun 2 (FT) A discussion was held between Ceylon Italy Blue Economy Association President Vittorio Coco, Confederation of MSME Industries President Nawaz Rajabdeen and SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of SL Past President Macky Hashim on the project for the production of hydrogen fuel from the ocean using solar power which has been submitted to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) which promotes the production of more..

June draws over 110,000 tourists, misses monthly target

Jun 2 (FT) SL has registered 113,470 visitors in June, bringing the cumulative number of tourists to 1.01 million for the year, maintaining a steady upward trajectory. June arrivals reflect a significant 67% year-on-year (YoY) growth, although it is still 22.7% lower compared to the 146,828 arrivals in the benchmark year of 2018. In June, the country welcomed an average of 3,782 tourists daily, slightly higher than the 3,617 daily average in May 2024. For 2024, SL Tourism has set an ambitious more..

Indian FM raises Katch bogey again

Jun 2 (ST) India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar raised the issue of Kachchativu again in correspondence with TN Chief Minister M.K. Stalin last Thursday. He was responding to a letter from Mr. Stalin regarding the recent detention of Indian fishermen caught poaching in SL territorial waters. Dr. Jaishankar noted that Indian diplomats in SL were working to secure an early release of the fishermen. more..

Editorial: Of that debt debate

Jun 2 (Island) Parliament is to have a debate on the recently-concluded external debt restructuring agreement between Sri Lanka and some of its foreign creditors. It is hoped that the focus of the House will remain undivided on the country’s debt crisis and the ways and means of overcoming it, and nothing else. Parliamentary debates usually descend into slanging matches. Opinion is divided on the aforesaid agreement which the government has made out to be a huge success. more..

History of promises on language issue; politicians & 13A

Jul 2 (DM) Have you heard of the proverb Hingannage Thuwale (Beggar’s Wound)? It describes a beggar’s ever-festering wound, which he never wants to heal because it sustains his livelihood. During a visit to the Northern Province, Sajith Premadasa, while opening the 225th computerised classroom in the North under his Sakwala programme, made a significant declaration to fully implement the 13th Amendment. His initiative to open Smart Classrooms in backward more..

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Building sovereign capacity for our sea

Jul 2 (TM) Last month, Sri Lanka joined in marking the World Hydrography Day (falls on 21 June), with the National Hydrographic Council (NHC) and the National Hydrographic Office taking a lead in the matter. Hydrography and ocean sciences have long been a neglected area of study and regulation in SL, with land loving policymakers conveniently overlooking the fact that SL is an island and has an ocean domain rich in resources that is several times bigger in size, than of our land mass. more..

Rajavarothiam Sampanthan: A Tribute

Jul 2 (CT) Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, a veteran in Sri Lankan politics and a staunch advocate for Tamil rights, passed away at the age of 91 on Sunday, 30 June 2024. His demise marks the end of an era for Tamil political leadership in Sri Lanka, as he was a central figure in the Tamil struggle for equality and justice for over six decades. Born on 5 February 1933, in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sampanthan had his roots deeply ingrained within the Tamil community. more..

Experts warn collapse of school education inevitable

Jul 2 (CT) Many stakeholders have shown genuine concern over a predictable failure of school education in SL, given the very low school attendance rates. In fact, it is reported that over 90% of GCE A/L students in schools under the Ministry of Education do not attend school regularly and instead, attend private tuition classes during school hours (7:30 am – 1:30 pm) and only register as school candidates for the exam. more..

STEM research & development: For a productive, future Sri Lanka

Jul 2 (CT) Sri Lanka will have elections soon. In fact, right now, the country is engulfed and is swirling in the vortex of election fervour. People still hold on to the expectation that democracy will hold sway. The daily discourses are dominated by nothing but the most dismal of news – about debt restructuring and how to squander the IMF loan. How unfortunate is that? Notwithstanding those, I want to point out that there is still some hope. A Nature news item by Benjamin Plackett (2024) reported that more..

The Prez declares: Sri Lanka won

Jul 2 (ST) The SL people with all their fears, with all the hopes of future years, were hanging breathless to learn of their fate these last few days at the news that an auspicious announcement will be made by the Prez on Wednesday at 8pm on national television. With speculation rife over what he might say, and unbounded criticism flowing even before he had said it, the nation was held in palpitating suspense. With excitement mounting over a curious message stating suba aranchiyak more..

Status quo of anti-human trafficking efforts

Jul 2 (TM) Govt of SL does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but is making significant efforts to do so. Noting this, the 2024 Trafficking in Persons Report issued by US State Dept added that since the Govt has demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared with last year (2023), SL remains in Tier 2 of the report. Tier 2 includes countries whose Govts do not fully meet US’ Trafficking Victims more..

Men or mice? Sri Lanka at debt negotiations

Jun 2 (Island) Sirasa TV1’s Public Platform (anchored by Sonali Wanigabaduge) of 29th June is only the latest in a series of valuable, one might say crucial, civil society and independent media initiatives to bring more clarity on SL’s debt crisis and the on-going negotiations believed to be rescuing us from it. Despite govt hype, experts with impeccable credentials that appeared on this and other programmes like it, are seriously worried about the on-going restructuring efforts more..

When pride turns into shame

Jul 2 (DM) Over the weekend, social media caught fire over videos showing naked men and women parading the streets of Toronto, not bearing any shame, in a pride walk in front of spectators which included children. Some across the social media world hailed their performance as pride while thousands of others condemned their stunt as disgusting and shameful and called on the Canadian govt to halt such acts in public especially in front of children. more..

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SOE reforms: Implement proposed CEB salary reforms now: CEBWU demands

Jul 1 (TM) The Ceylon Electricity Board Workers’ Union (CEBWU) yesterday (30 June) called for the immediate implementation of the proposed performance-based salary structure ahead of the upcoming elections. CEBWU General Secretary Ranjan Jayalal expressed scepticism regarding the Government’s intentions. “The proposal is good. But we are not sure whether the Government has an intention to implement it. Otherwise, it could be a plan to get the votes,” Jayalal remarked. more..

Gevorg Sargsyan new World Bank Group Country Manager for Sri Lanka

Jul 1 (EN) Gevorg Sargsyan has been appointed the World Bank Group Country Manager for Sri Lanka, with effect from July 1. This newly created position will provide a single point of contact for access to the full breadth of World Bank Group products and services, the Washington-based lender said in a statement. “My priority is to strengthen the dynamic collaboration among the Bank Group institutions in SL, to improve our speed and make us a better partner to the govt, more..

Marikkar’s broadside on RW’s politically motivated debt restructuring

Jul 1 (FT) SJB MP S.M. Marikkar criticised the Govt for attempting to present the restructuring of $ 10 billion out of SL’s whopping $ 100 billion debt as good news. Marikkar pointed out that according to the Central Bank, SL’s debt as of March 2024 stands at $ 100.2 billion. “Of this total, $ 57.3 billion consists of local loans. Foreign loans amount to $ 37 billion. Additionally, Govt has borrowed $ 5.9 billion from Govt agencies, more..

SL introduces chilli-flavoured ice cream

Jul 1 (TM) A farmer from Welimada has made a novel innovation creating a Chilli-flavoured ice cream. Lasantha Lankathileke has produced the ice cream under the technical and financial contribution of the Agricultural Sector Modernisation Program provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries. This chilli-flavoured ice cream contains a mixture of sweetness and chilli, creating a unique flavour. It has been produced by researching the recipe under the guidance of more..

Govt executive officers' allowance increased

Jul 1 (TM) Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, PCs and LG announced an increase in the monthly executive allowance for Govt executive officers. Effective from today, their allowance will rise by 10,000 rupees, bringing it to a total of 25,000 rupees. Sampath Deshapriya, a member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Committee of Govt Executive Officers, expressed dissatisfaction and highlighted that certain existing allowances have been slashed. more..

Navy undertakes dive to WW II shipwreck of HMS Hermes

Jul 1 (SLN) In a remarkable dive that highlighted historical reverence, Diving Unit of the SL Navy on 30th June explored the sunken remains of HMS Hermes, a fascinating and historic World War II shipwreck off Batticaloa. The event, which took place in the eastern seas, was joined by the Commander of Navy, Priyantha Perera and former Commander of Navy, Piyal De Silva (Retd). During the World War II, HMS Hermes was targeted & ultimately sunk more..

Over 4,000 pilgrims embark on foot pilgrimage to Kataragama

Jul 1 (CT) More than 4,000 pilgrims embarked on a foot pilgrimage through the jungle path to Kataragama from Uhanthamale after the ceremonial opening of the path by Governor of Eastern Province, Senthil Thondaman. Ceremony included cutting a flower ribbon followed by a special pooja at the Uhanthamale Murugan Temple conducted by Chief Kurukkal Sivasiri K.K. Seetharam Kurukkal at 5.30 a.m. yesterday amidst chanting of Aroharaa by thousands of devotees. more..

Sri Lanka reduces bus fares by 5%

Jul 1 (EN) Bus fares will be reduced by 5.07% from midnight ‍July 1, Sri Lanka’s National Transport Commission announced. The minimum fare will be reduced by 2 rupees from 30 to 28. “We considered 12 factors for the revision including costs of tyres, tubes, battery and spare parts, interest rates, bus prices, to arrive at this percentage, and agreements with bus operator associations,” NTC Chairman Shashi Welgama told reporters. The revision is as follows: more..

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Modi condoles demise of veteran Tamil leader Sampanthan

Jul 1 (ANI) Condoling the demise of veteran Sri Lankan Tamil leader R Sampanthan, PM Narendra Modi said on Monday that he "will always cherish fond memories of meetings" with him. Taking to X, PM Modi wrote, "My deepest condolences to the family and friends of veteran TNA leader R. Sampanthan. Will always cherish fond memories of meetings with him." "He relentlessly pursued a life of peace, security, equality, justice, and dignity for the Tamil nationals of SL. more..

Sri Lanka to renegotiate cancelled bilateral loan projects after debt restructuring deal

Jul 1 (EN) Sri Lanka has appointed a committee to look into renegotiate all the cancelled projects with bilateral loans after the last week debt restructuring deal, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said. The island nation reached US$10 billion debt restructuring deal with the members of Paris Club and China last week and Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe announced the success in the bilateral loans after the deal signed. A raft of infrastructure projects started with bilateral more..